Steering Toward Health is a multi-year initiative that focuses on the prevention of chronic diseases, and helping patients manage hypertension is an important area of emphasis. One of the most effective ways to diagnose and then help patients manage hypertension is through self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring, which is the regular measurement of blood pressure (BP) by a patient outside the clinical setting, most often at home.

Research shows that office blood pressure readings are often elevated, so giving patients the option to monitor blood pressure from a comfortable setting provides a set of readings the healthcare team can monitor, average and assess. Working together with the healthcare team, at-risk patients can learn how to measure and record blood pressure through this evidence-based practice. For clinicians, educating patients saves valuable clinic time as well.

Below you will find toolkit resources for both the healthcare team and the patient. These materials were developed by and are adopted from Target: BP™, a national initiative developed to help improve BP control rates by the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association.


WEBINAR | Hypertension: Guidelines & Management

Course Description:
This training aims to equip clinicians with essential information to examine definitions of hypertension and classification stages, to recognize the importance of early diagnosis, and to implement treatment options and employ strategies known to improve blood pressure control.

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements
0.5 Credit  The Oregon Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Oregon Medical Association designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

This activity has been designed for Physicians, Physician Assistants, and other healthcare professionals.

Start date: 2/28/2024
End date: 2/28/2027

Learning objectives: 

  • Examine definitions of hypertension and classification of stages
  • Recognize the importance of early diagnosis
  • Implement treatment options and employ strategies known to improve blood pressure control

Nandita Gupta, M.D., MBA, FACC
Cardiologist, Chief Medical Officer, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
"Hypertension Guidelines and Management"

The Steering Toward Health Hypertension Toolkit

For Clinical Staff and other Healthcare Professionals

Empower Patients Through SMBP Monitoring

Learn the advantages and details of implementing a self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) program.

SMBP Implementation Considerations
How does an SMBP program work, and what steps does your practice need to consider before implementation?

Talking to Your Patients About Hypertension
Resources for a discussion with patients about hypertension with a specific reminder about women and heart disease.

SMBP and Patient Affordability

Learn what options are available to help patients with the cost of medical devices.

Success Profile: Yakima Valley Farm Workers

Learn more about how one clinic's pilot project lowered the mean systolic blood pressure of program participants.

Success Profile: The Portland Clinic

Learn how The Portland Clinic's hypertension control initiatives are linked to the organization's performance metrics.

Hypertension Stats and Facts
Oregon and national statistics on hypertension prevalence and cost.

Blood Pressure Guidelines

Highlights from the 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

7-Step SMBP Quick Guide

Quick guide from the AMA on how to help patients achieve and maintain blood pressure goals.

SMBP CPT Coding Guide

Overview of new CPT codes for providers that offer SMBP related clinical services

SMBP Poster

Printable poster for SMBP for use in clinics.

Additional Resource Links

Resources for Patients

Blood Pressure and Your Health

A resource for your patients to understand and monitor their blood pressure.

Consequences of High Blood Pressure

Infographic showing the domino effect of high blood pressure.

How to Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home

Steps to perform SMBP monitoring correctly which includes preparation, positioning, and measurement.

SMBP Recording Log

Allows patients to document their BP readings twice a day, 7 day recording log.

What Can I do to Improve my Blood Pressure?

Five lifestyle modifications for improving blood pressure in patients diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Additional Resource Links for Patients